5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
3
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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Traverse City — 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planner.

Houston to Traverse City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Detroit.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Detroit — 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Detroit online trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Detroit: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in September, Frankenmuth is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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